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Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Workshop

A Preconference Event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference

September 24-25, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama

Expanding the Boundaries of Boundary-spanning

Join us for the 9th annual, Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network (OEPN) preconference workshop as we challenge ourselves to further expand our boundary-spanning abilities in today’s higher education landscape.

Who Should Attend

The OEPN preconference workshop is designed for university staff, non-tenure-track faculty, and community partners who facilitate, manage, direct, and administer ongoing projects, programs, services, research, and relationships between institutions of higher education and community partners. These professionals span the boundaries between campus and communities and have an emerging professional identity and a unique set of strengths and challenges that will be addressed in this workshop. Because of the overlap in roles, skills, and values, all "boundary spanners" who facilitate community-university partnerships are welcome and encouraged to attend.

About the Workshop

This year’s workshop will offer participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the role of the professional boundary spanner, challenging each individual to push themselves to identify at least one new or additional way to be impactful. Participants will have access to critical, timely knowledge from key leaders from national organizations allied in the pursuit of furthering community engagement, outreach, and scholarship.

As with all years, we will also have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our network and make strides toward our goal of becoming an effective community of practice.


The agenda for this year’s workshop is now available. Download the Schedule at a Glance.

Guest Speakers

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Al Richmond, Executive Director
Community Campus Partnerships for Health


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Andrew Seligsohn, President
Campus Compact


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Lina Dostilio, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement
University of Pittsburgh


For more information on the OEPN Pre-Conference Workshop, please contact the Planning Co-chairs: Tracy D. Dace (tracy@dreaamhouse.org), Parkland College, or Jeanne McFarland-McDonald (jeanne.mcdonald@colorado.edu), University of Colorado - Boulder.

Note: This workshop is organized by the members of the Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network. We invite you join the preconference as well as the network. In addition to the OEPN's preconference workshop, there will be several sessions throughout the ESC Conference focusing on boundary spanning. Be sure to check them out!